Date: September 30, 2009 8:11:28 PM EDT
To: N&O Employees
Subject: Employee Sales Contest
To all employees:
Hopefully since last week's announcement each of you have been talking to your friends and family regarding a special subscription offer for non-subscribers. Effective tomorrow, October 1, the employee subscription contest begins and will run through November 23. Each of you will be able to sell discounted orders and receive 50% commission on all orders paid by December 1. For example: sell one paid daily and Sunday order for one year at $100 (regular price $195) and your commission will be $50. Commission will be paid out on the December 11 paycheck - just in time for the holidays.
Scott Wotring, circulation sales, will coordinate the contest and has already distributed complete rules and sign up sheets to each department head. Forms will also be available online and in Human Resources as well as the main snack bar. In addition to commissions, if we sell a minimum of 200 orders, there will be separate drawings for three gift cards and all participants will be eligible to win.
I've already heard from several of you that have orders lined up. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know or you can contact Scott Wotring. Thanks and have fun.
Vice President /Circulation
The News & Observer
Update: I agree with this take:
"So they're acting like Amway now: Annoy your family and friends by trying to sell them your company's product..."
Hat tip: Romenesko
So they're acting like Amway now: Annoy your family and friends by trying to sell them your company's product.
How low can they go?
A sudden shift toward high pressure sales tactics is a sure sign of desperation. I'd never do this to my family or friends.
8:29 Bingo! We have a winner!
Seems to me you have to believe in a product in order to sell it to others. How can you believe in the watered-down crap that passes for a newspaper today?
Anonymous @ 6:31 here: Seriously, a promotion like this is überlame. My brother got a "job" selling Cutco knives when he graduated from college. He sold plenty of sets of knives and scissors and whatnot, but he at least had the common sense not to approach anyone in our family about buying them.
Trying to sell your family anything beyond those fund-raising chocolate bars is just not cool.
I wonder if those selling the fewest subscriptions will be first in the next round of layoffs?
How can you sell a product that disgust you? The N and O and Mcclatchy have no honor or integrity. Potts and Daniels did not form Mcclatchy and The N and O to give jobs to Indians and Phillipenos and to take money from hard working employees who's only fault was to stick it out with the paper instead of jumping ship when times got bad. Good Luck on getting ANY employees to help you in ANY way...
More crack managment at N and O and Mcclatchy..."Win the battle, Loose the war"..
I used to be a little envious regarding an N&O photographer I know who - amazingly - still has a job shooting. Now I'm not so envious.
As for "Anonymous 11:00 AM" your type annoys me to not end. You can't write. You must be some sort of illiterate. A resident of the Philippines is called a "Filipino." Also, you must have a sixth-grade grasp of English and English grammar: it's "whose," not "who's." Also, you mental midget, it's "lose," not "loose." As for you, you must have a screw loose.
Hey... I am thinking this might be a pretty good idea. They could adopt the marketing plan of Tupperware or Mary Kay.
Wouldn't it be cool to win a car painted to look like the front page of a newspaper?
i think the most amazing thing is that evidently they have a "main" snack bar. This would mean that they have more than one snack bar. How the hell do they rate even one snack bar? The death of the Fresno Bee happened the day they shut down Cafe de Bee and instead gave us crappy vending machines. Damn, a snak bar. Lucky.
The Star-Telegram is running a similar promotion trying to get employees to sell subscriptions. Just in time for Christmas: Sell some subscriptions and we'll throw you a few pennies of chump change that you can use to buy some cheap-ass gifts. Oh, but it won't make up for the pay cut and mandatory furlough, the pension freeze, the end of the 401(k) match, or the higher health insurance premiums with reduced benefits, suckers. McClatchy management is hopeless. Only a bankruptcy filing will sink Pru and his ship of fools.
It would be good of me to remember many editors and writers read and proof read this website..
Interesting that none of us cowards will show their name..
Hey 9:52, all they have is vending machines. There's one place that has a few tables in front of the vending machines. That's the "main snack bar." There's another place near the press that has two vending machines. Most of the newsroom employees don't even know they're there.
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